The first time I really paid attention to the Food Network was because of Giada De Laurentis. "Porn? I’m not doing porn! What the hell are people talking about? The way we shot close-ups, I just wanted the food to look beautiful. I thought that's what Americans loved about Italy -- that it's so sensual and romantic. [It’s not] PBS-style cooking. Lidia Bastianich, sorry, but [she’s] kind of boring. I mean, I love Lidia, but you can fall asleep watching her. And Mario Batali? I love Mario to death…but he’s not romantic or sensual. Those are the things I bring to the table." From Page Six- New York Post.
I thought to myself, now there is a sexy woman whom I could get a long with because she cooks great, her pop was a big film producer and she was Italian. For some reason I thought I had a connection with her. However, I am a huge fan of Cat Cora and of course I am fond of Rachel Ray.
Check out this article from the New York Times.